Owls tennis secure first win of 2023 against Shelbyville


It was a busy Tuesday for the Seymour athletic department.

Their only home competition would be in boys tennis.

The Owls hosted Shelbyville in search of their first win of the 2023 season.

Seymour defeated the Golden Bears 4-1 to secure that first victory.

“It was an awesome game to watch,” head coach Jacob Hunt said. “There were a lot of close matchups and some good tennis from Shelbyville and Seymour throughout the evening.”

In the singles competition, Owls No. 1 Joe Schmidt defeated Reece Prickett 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

No. 2 Parker Thompson got the better of Caden Claxton in two sets, winning 7-6, 6-3 for the Owls.

No. 3 Carter Stein dominated Layne Pogve 6-1, 6-1, sweeping the singles matches for Seymour.

“I’m very pleased with the singles performances today,” Hunt said. “Carter Stein and Parker Thompson are becoming real backbones for the team to build off of. Us having two wins takes a lot of pressure off the team.”

In doubles action, the No. 1 team of Shun Takeuchi and Braylon Busby lost their matchup with Kayson Schaf and Aiden Smith. The duo dropped the contest 4-6, 1-6.

Drew Handloser and Xavier DuBois finished the evening for the Owls, downing Alex Bunton and Gavin Reed. The scores of those sets were 7-6, 6-3, securing the meeting win for Seymour.

“We had some great play from our doubles teams today,” Hunt said. “We’re continuing to work on what pairs work together best for us. We saw some good playing under pressure from Drew Handloser and Xavier DuBois.”

The Owls will be back in action on Thursday, hosting Jennings County at 5:30 p.m.

The team will then travel to Floyd Central on Friday to compete in another matchup.

“I’m looking forward to getting our first conference game behind us,” Hunt said.

“We will make sure to keep cool or at least as cool as possible with this weather,” he said.

The super hot temperatures have thrown a wrench into multiple area competitions throughout the week. The forecast isn’t getting any better, either, with chances of high 90s temperatures until Friday.

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